Well, I just threw my VISA at my computer screen. Swedish atmospheric prog rockers Katatonia have announced a US tour that sees support come from fellow Swedes Cult Of Luna, US prog metal band Intronaut, and UK tech metal masters TesseracT. Basically it’s a show that I refuse to miss, even if I have to go to Harpos for it.
Katatonia singer Jonas Renske states, “Dear North Americans! We are happy to announce yet another co-headline tour in support of Dead End Kings, this time with fellow Swedes Cult of Luna plus support from Intronaut (US) and TesseracT (UK)!
“Since we have been touring your continent quite a bit the last few years, we thought it was about time to re-decorate the good ol’ setlist a little. Right now we are rehearsing and going through some of our hidden gems, songs that we haven’t yet picked up or rarely have played live before. It will probably be as exciting for you as it is for us!
“Please note that it won’t be an ‘old-school’ party, but an evening with atmosphere so thick you could cut it with a knife! Oh, and we will probably have time to play some of the ‘hits’ as well. All in all, we will squeeze out as much Katatonia as possible each and every night, so let’s do this one together once again, shall we?”
Tesseract comments, “North America! We’re coming back. And for not 1, but 2 tours back to back. We’ve all been missing Cracker Barrel, and Timmy Ho’s, so it’s with great pleasure that we can announce that we will be touring your fair lands again. Ever since the first tour we did with DTP way back when Ashe was called Dan, you guys have always been so cool to us. A lot has changed since then, and we can’t wait to show you what we’ve been showing the Europeans for the past year. Firstly we’ll be on tour with Katatonia, Cult of Luna, and Intronaut, as part of the Uncrowned and Vertikal tour. This will be an intense evening of dark powerful prog. It’s so cool to be apart of this bill as all 4 bands create a completely different yet compatible atmosphere. Then we’ll start the Altered State tour, where we’ll have support from Scale The Summit and Anciients. Two bands that stretch progressive music to its limits. All of this is great, but you know the best bit…French Toast. Everyday for 5 weeks. Maple Syrup. Bacon. TubberacT.”
Katatonia will be touring in support of Dead End Kings, one of my absolutely favorite releases of 2012, as well as the band’s debut Kscope album Dethroned And Uncrowned, which strips Dead End Kings and creates an entirely new experience. All tour dates can be seen below.
Regarding Uncrowned And Dethroned, Anders Nyström commented, “The synopsis is simple and album title won’t lie; the drums will be dethroned and the distorted rhythm guitars will be uncrowned! Instead, we’ll place the emphasis on the many layers of ambience, with the melodies staying central and the vocal harmonies representing the heart of the album.
“Think of the album like a person’s face in the hands of a surgeon, whose appearance is gonna change, but it’s still the same person behind that face and we guess an important factor, in this case, would be that the surgeon itself is obviously Katatonia, not a stranger! If there’s one album in our repertoire that’s suited for a thing like this, it’s Dead End Kings.”
09/23 – Boston, MA @ Paradise
09/24 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
09/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
09/26 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls
09/27 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
09/28 – Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
09/30 – Springfield, VA @ Empire
10/01 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
10/02 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
10/04 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
10/06 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
10/07 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s